Roongwit Luckanathin’s art is a unique combination of the
mysterious, the sacred, the miraculous and pure adventure. Investing
great emotive force and energy in his paintings, Roongwit consistently
creates distinctly original art that explores the space between
indigenous, traditional Thai art and modern, international aesthetics.
Characterized by sharp and controlled sinuous lines that appear
in contrast with some of his abstract forms, Roongwit’s artworks
are filled with traditional Thai elements. These patterns, symbols
and motifs and colors, which are similar to those found in traditional
Thai mural paintings, reflect the artist’s strong concern to participate
in the preservation of Thai tradition and culture. Combining his
distinct cultural background with an innovative and imaginative
worldview, Roongwit’s paintings are both mysterious and philosophical.
is a major influence on Roongwit’s art. This young Thai artist believes
that practicing art allows self-discovery and that it is the particular
journey he needs to take. Indeed, Roongwit’s works frequently depict
scenes of journeys, such as a voyage of a ship across a stormy sea,
as metaphors for the universal human ‘journey’ through which we
all struggle in the search for true happiness, peace and enlightenment.
Roongwit also appreciates the Buddhist tenet that life is always
changing; constantly moving from one phase into another and his
paintings deal with the study of this transformation.
graduated from Silpakorn University with a Master of Fine Arts degree,
majoring in Thai Art. An award-winner in art competitions in Thailand,
he presently instructs at both Silpakorn and Thammasat Universities